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Hang Up And Drive

Manhasset CASA, SCA and Manhasset Public Schools invite parents, caregivers, students (grades 9 to 12) and the community to Hang Up & Drive presented by Jacy Good and Steve Johnson. This program will address the dangers of texting and driving and how distracted driving has become a national public safety crisis. The event will take place Thursday, April 23 at Manhasset HighCASA_040815A School at 7 p.m. [Read more…]

Student News

Essay Winners

Elizabeth Boyle and Philip Barsky have been named winners to the Irish Cultural Society writing contest. Boyle and Barsky were two of 39 students chosen and both will receive cash awards for their essays The writing project was modeled after an assignment from the New York State English Regents Examination. Entrants were asked to write a rhetorical analysis of a speech delivered in 1943 by President of Ireland Eamon de Valera. Four hundred and eighty-four entries competed for the Society’s 39 prizes.

The Irish Cultural Society will present awards to 39 students from high schools in Nassau County at its meeting on May 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Garden City Library; portions of winning entries will be read aloud. President Martin Kelly will acknowledge the H.W. Wilson Foundation for its sponsorship of the contest and he will commend the teachers of the winners for their teaching skills.

The list of all of the names of the winners can be found on the Society’s web site, The top nine winning papers will be on the website by the end of May.

Manhasset Resident Elected To Scholarship Board of Directors

Carina Lewandowski of Manhasset has been elected to the board of directors of the Paul E. Pepe Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, effective immediately.

Lewandowski, a 15-year resident of Manhasset, is a member of the sophomore class at Manhasset High School. She will function as assistant secretary to the board.

The scholarship fund was established in 1984 to honor the memory of a young man killed in an automobile accident. The purpose of the fund is to offer “no strings” scholarships to deserving Long Island students.

Thus far, more than $120,000 in scholarship money has been awarded. For additional information and contributions, contact the Fund at PO Box 110, Syosset, NY 11791.

College Player Of The Week

Vassar College senior Jackie Palma of Manhasset of the Brewer women’s lacrosse team was named the conference’s Defender of the Week.

Palma earned her second career nod as the Liberty League’s Defensive Performer of the Week after another solid weekend anchoring the Brewer defense. Palma notched four caused turnovers, four ground balls and a draw control to help Vassar to a 1-1 weekend in Liberty League action. She helped keep RPI scoreless in OT while notching her first goal of the year to power VC to an 11-8 victory over the Engineers; the first Liberty League loss for RPI since 2013. Palma currently ranks first in the Liberty League and ninth in the country in caused turnovers per game.


School Board Adopts Budget

With the support of state aid funding increases, the Board of Education’s proposed 2015-16 budget is at the 2.52 percent allowable tax levy cap.

Highlights include:

• Offering all elementary sections within class size guidelines—enrollment remains stable.

• Adding two elementary math specialist teaching positions enabling Munsey Park and Shelter Rock to each have two full-time math specialists.

• Maintaining or lowering current class sizes in most secondary school core instructional programs as enrollment continues to grow at the high school level.

• Providing additional high school academic opportunities in new course offerings/electives for students including: advanced creative writing, journalism, Latin I, Mandarin Chinese I, combined French IV/V, multivariable calculus, AP computer science and accounting.

• Providing more high school academic opportunities for students by adding sections in existing courses including: AP studio art, architectural drawing, drawing I/II, electronic keyboarding, introduction to business, AP environmental science, forensics, criminal civil law, and introduction to psychology.

• Adding sections for each of the respective support classes, while maintaining the high school inclusion model to more appropriately support all students as they encounter the increased rigor of Common Core standards with one additional section, due to enrollment growth: English 9R, English 10R, English 11R, global 9R, global 10R, U.S. history 11R, living environment, earth science, algebra, geometry and algebra 2/trigonometry.

• Restructuring middle school inclusion to better meet the rigors of the Common Core standards—moving to an integrated co-teaching model with both the regular education teacher and special education teacher subject-certified in English 7, English 8, social studies 7, social studies 8, math 7, math 8, science 7 and living environment inclusion classrooms, with the special education teacher also teaching support classes.

• Adding English as a New Language (ENL) teachers at the elementary and secondary level as mandated by the implementation of Part 154 of the New York State Commissioner’s Regulations for all public school districts throughout New York State.

• Adding sections of living environment Regents to meet the needs of virtually all eighth grade students who will now take living environment as part of the district’s secondary science initiative.

• Purchasing Chromebooks and equipment in conjunction with the Tower Foundation’s “Digitizing the English Classroom Experience.” In addition, maintaining the district’s instructional technology and infrastructure equipment rotation.

• Continuing to offer the current K-12 music program, which includes the restoration of fourth grade band and orchestra programs, elementary jazz ensemble and chamber chorus.

• Continuing to offer the current level of club opportunities in the elementary and secondary extracurricular program.

• Continuing to provide the current level of team offerings in the middle school, junior varsity and varsity, which includes the addition of three coaches for the middle school winter I track team which 100 student-athletes participated.

• Offering intramural athletics at the middle school level.

• Restoring the district’s financial support to both the Manhasset Coalition Against Substance Abuse and the Parent Child Home Program, which benefits economically disadvantaged children between the ages of one and a half and three years old.

The goal of the BOE’s proposed budget is to continue to restore and to rebuild aspects of the “4 A’s”—Academics, Arts, Athletics and Activities—that were negatively impacted by the 2013-14 budget votes.

For more information on the 2015-16 budget process go to The budget hearing is scheduled for Thursday, May 7 at 8 p.m. at the secondary school. The budget vote is Tuesday, May 19 from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the high school gym.

—Submitted by Manhasset School District


Redeployment Author To Visit Manhasset High School

Phillip Klay will be visiting Manhasset High School on April 22 at 7:30 p.m. for a book signing and to discuss his award winning book HSPhilipKlay_041515ARedeployment. [Read more…]

Manhasset Middle School Clinches Division Playoffs

MS Hockey

Win and you’re in. That was the challenge given to the Manhasset Middle School Hockey Team as the team headed down the final stretch of the season. Under the guidance of Coach Michael O’Gara, Manhasset did just that—they won. Manhasset won its last two games and clinched a Division 2 Playoff spot for the second straight year. [Read more…]

Students Celebrate Odyssey Win

OdysseyOn Saturday, March 7, seven Manhasset students placed first in their division in the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition in Wantagh with a perfect score. The group was comprised of second graders Rhys DeHaan, J.P. Grassano, Sophia Oliveri and Cole Thalheimer, first graders Michael DiOrio and Jessica Strassberg and Kindergartener Austin Sharkey. Teams throughout all of Long Island and Queens competed that day.
Odyssey of the Mind is a nationwide creative problem solving competition in two parts. The first problem the students completed was performance-based. They were tasked with identifying three “wacky weather” conditions, creating an original forecasting device, developing a weather simulation and writing and performing an original script in rhyming verse. The students worked collaboratively to brainstorm and execute all phases of their problem. Additionally, they created all of the elements necessary for the successful performance and took turns directing one another onstage.
The second phase of the competition also required student-led creative problem solving. However, this problem was revealed to the students on the day of the competition in a room full of judges with no time to prepare. The team was asked to respond on the spot under constraints which required adaptations to their responses according to prompts from the judges. The judges were quite impressed with the ability and creativity of the group.
The judges awarded the Manhasset team the highest possible scores in both the performance and spontaneous categories. The children received trophies during the awards ceremony, as well as, verbal feedback from the judges. The students far surpassed what the judges had seen this year or in previous years.
The SEPTA group was unique in that the other districts competing run the Odyssey program through the schools. This program was a pilot group with families that have been instrumental in the growth of SEPTA’s gifted and talented division over the last two years.
The success of this program is attributable to the huge commitment that the students as well as their families made, outside of school. On average, the team met four hours a week since early November.
Leading up to the competition, the students all enjoyed a sense of being challenged creatively and learning in a way that fine tunes their skills and interests. The competition stems from the very core concept of gifted education, the idea that children need to be taught to think critically and creatively as problem solvers. Gifted education is not a matter of providing more or accelerated school work. It is about finding ways to provide different and appropriate learning activities for students.
The team wishes to thank Shields Hardware for their generous donation of PVC piping that the students used to frame the backdrops for the performance. Thank you to Shelter Rock Principal Robert Geczik for allowing the group to use the stage at school for dress rehearsal.

BOCES Tech Open House

From aviation and animal care to dental assisting and audio production, Nassau BOCES’ Barry Tech has a variety of career and technical education courses for high school students. An open house will be held March 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for students interested in learning more about these programs. [Read more…]

MHS Senior Talent Show

MarchingBand_092614AOn Thursday, March 26th at 7:00 pm in the High School Auditorium, the senior class will be hosting the senior talent show.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for parents and guests.  Please come and show your support for the senior class. All proceeds will go toward the senior prom.

BOCES Summer Camp Open House

Open House on March 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


The Nassau BOCES Summer Camp Open House, held in partnership with Hofstra University Continuing Education and Hofstra Summer Camps, highlights the variety of exciting, fun educational opportunities for young people in grades 6-11 this summer. Programs cover career exploration, arts, sciences, outdoor education and more. [Read more…]

The School of Scandal

SchoolPlay_031115AManhasset Theatregoers were inconvenienced Friday night with the latest bought of winter weather cancelling Friday nights performance of the The School For Scandal. Click this link for more photos. [Read more…]